2011 Porsche 911 Interior
The 911 Carrera is small, but reviewers say two adults will sit comfortably in the front seats. They don’t, however, give the same praise to the rear row. Instead, they complain that it’s cramped and only suited for luggage that doesn’t fit in the Carrera’s small cargo area.
The Carrera has a lot of optional features. You can add navigation and a BOSE premium audio system, but be prepared for the Carrera’s price to jump.
- "Interior decor is sports-car purposeful, not luxurious, but even the base 911 boasts visibly top-grade materials and exemplary fit-and-finish--as one would hope for at such lofty prices." -- Consumer Guide
The Porsche Carrera has four seats, but a lot of test drivers say the rear seats are best suited for children or luggage because it’s short on space. Reviewers, however, are pleased with the amount of space available in the front. They say that even six foot passengers will be able to find a comfortable driving position.
- "The 2011 Porsche 911 is really a much larger car than you might imagine from the outside. Once inside the cabin, you're surprised by the full-size dimensions of the driving position, and even the restrictive sport seats seem relatively unobtrusive because all the controls fall within easy reach." -- Edmunds
- "The 911's low-slung cockpit taxes entry and exit, but six-footers have fine headroom and legroom once aboard. Firm seats with prominent side bolsters seem long-haul supportive, but may seem a bit tight for those broader-of-beam." -- Consumer Guide
- "Where the 4S falls short is in rear-seat room, where a couple leather buckets reside to keep insurance agents from charging the two-seater rate." -- Chicago Tribune
- "Called four-passenger automobiles by Porsche, 911s have plenty of space for front-seat occupants, but backseat riders are in for a major squeeze." -- Cars.com
- "The 911 has functional back seats but they are best left for small children." -- Left Lane News
The Carrera comes with dual cup holders that are integrated into the dash board, leather seats, a remote central locking door, cruise control, two 12-volt outlets and HomeLink -- a universal garage door opener. This year, Porsche adds a few more standard features: Bluetooth and a universal audio interface that connects your MP3 player to Porche’s Communication Management (PCM) system. PCM, however, is not standard.
The Porsche Carrera is already expensive – the base model starts at $77,800 – and if you add features its price can climb quickly. For example, if you add PCM, which integrates audio, navigation and communication controls, a BOSE Surround Sound System and a Bose Sound System, the Carrera will cost $81,760.
You can also add the Comfort Package for about $1,800. It includes power seats, front seat heating and automatically dimming mirrors. But, if you add this package, you have to tack on electronically adjustable seats for about $1,600.
A different steering wheel than the three-spoke tilt and telescoping one that comes with base models is also available. One option is a multifunction steering wheel with controls for the entertainment system, navigation and Bluetooth. If you add Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), you get steering wheel paddle shifters.
Reviewers have mixed opinions of the Carrera’s controls. Some say their hard to use, others say it’s much easier to navigate than it used to be.
- "It's fair to say that every control within this 911 requires a second look to understand its function, but at least most of the mysteries can be plumbed in short order. Though it must embarrass the Porsche engineers to admit, the video screen of the Porsche Communication Management makes it all possible, as the small screen is a welcome substitute for small buttons and even smaller ideograms." -- Edmunds
- "Inside, the 5.8-inch LCD screen on the center console has been replaced by a new touch screen measuring 6.5 inches. This third generation of PCM (Porsche Communication Management) combines all audio and navigation functions and features full iPod integration, as well as a USB jack and auxiliary input. The system is far easier to use than the old dial-driven setup and has a simple and logical menu structure." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Again, the Bose audio system not only sounds better but is now easy for anyone to operate, and the automatic HVAC system is also quite user friendly." -- Automobile.com
The Porsche 911 Carrera is a luxury sports car, so don’t expect it to hold a lot of your stuff. Porsche says there’s 205 liters of space behind the rear seats in the coupe and 155 liters in the cabriolet, which is about 4.8 cubic feet. That’s enough room for small duffel bags that are easily crammed together. Not all reviewers are pleased with the amount of storage room in the Carrera, but given that the Carrera is designed to be fast, its poor utility should not come as a surprise.
Inside the cabin, the Carrera has a lockable glove compartment and storage compartments on each door. To make the Carrera a bit more utilitarian, you can add roof box, bike carrier or ski/snowboard carrier.
- "Great for a sports car, not much by absolute standards. A weekending couple's soft luggage fills back-seat area, which is easiest to access on hatchback Targas. Front compartment takes a couple of gym bags." -- Consumer Guide
- "[T]he trunk upfront holds only a small duffel bag. Golf clubs? Try tennis." -- Chicago Tribune